The rugby world is rallying behind Le Roux Malan after he suffered a horrific leg injury during Namibia’s match against the All Blacks in the World Cup. In a game that started with the All Blacks leading 12-3, the incident left viewers in shock and horror.
The injury occurred when Malan slipped while trying to tackle New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett high up the pitch. His leg was left in an unnaturally twisted position, causing him to yell out in pain and call for immediate attention.
ITV, the broadcasting network, chose not to show replays of the gruesome incident, but fans took to social media to express their distress. One viewer wrote, “Goodness me, I’ve not seen many reactions to an injury like that. This is going to be a bad one.” Another added, “That is an absolutely horrific leg break,” while a third commented, “I think Luke Pearce’s reaction was everything… truly shocking.”
After receiving seven minutes of treatment on the pitch, the 24-year-old was stretchered off and taken away in a buggy while receiving oxygen. The entire Stadium de Toulouse applauded his exit as a gesture of support.
New Zealand’s official X account posted on social media, saying, “Our thoughts are with Namibian centre Le Roux Malan. Wishing him all the best with his recovery.”
Despite the injury, the game continued with JC Greyling replacing Malan. However, the injury did not change the flow of the game, as the All Blacks continued to dominate. By half-time, New Zealand was leading 38-3.
New Zealand’s head coach, Ian Foster, described the Pool A clash with Namibia as “vital” and emphasized the team’s focus on their pool games. He said, “We are expecting a very tough Namibian side to test us on Friday. This game is vital for us to grow and we can’t wait to get to Toulouse and test ourselves.”
Former rugby league star Tulsen Tollett commented on BBC Radio 5 Live, saying, “It is a comprehensive performance so far from New Zealand.”